Files in /tmp directory - Is there any timelimit ?

Sreeram BS sreeramabs at
Wed Sep 25 09:05:34 UTC 2013

Does this auto-cleanup apply to files in /var/tmp directory also.
The generic description says that the files in this directory can stay
across reboots. So, does this survive auto-cleanup too?


On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM, Volodymyr Kostyrko <c.kworr at>wrote:

> 25.09.2013 11:34, Sreeram BS wrote:
>> Hi,
>>     I am using FreeBSD 9. I would like to know as to what is the lifetime
>> of
>> the files in /tmp directory. The general description says that these files
>> *may* not be preserved across a reboot. By this I interpret that if the
>> system is not rebooted, then these files will be there forever. But, just
>> wanted a confirmation to see if there is any lifespan (expiry-time)
>> attached with these files (ie the system would flush these files after
>> some
>> days/months etc automatically).
> Not by default. There's a clean-tmps periodic task which can be enabled
> @/etc/periodic.conf. It defaults to three days.
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